ARTS & ART THERAPY
What are Arts & Art Therapy? In this forum, Arts & Art Therapy will be curated to reflect the expression of growth and inspiration. Art is a visual representation of the inner and outer world as seen through the eyes of the artist. At All Things Healing, art therapy is curated to reflect the expression of growth and inspiration. Learn more about art therapy – healing art therapy & visual art therapy by visiting us online today!

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(Asst Editor: Karen Adler, Dip TPAT)  Karen Stabley is a speaker, therapist, relationship coach and teacher. Karen is an interactive, solution-focused therapist with a tr...
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Karen Stabley, MCAT, ATR, BC
We are currently seeking a Co-Editor and/or Assistant Editor for this section. For more information please contact Sherri Carter at sherricarter@allthingshealing.com

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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Watch as the camera tracks an act of kindness as its passed from one individual to the next. I hope this video inspires you to notice those around you and touch them with kindness. You don't know what challenges the people you pass are facing. A kind word or a gesture goes a long way. Like the construction worker in this clip, you could start a chain reaction and inspire people around you to do the same.

 

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by M. Edwin Green, BA, MDiv, ThM, DMin

She did what so many of us do… she fell in love and got engaged. Everything seemed headed for a storybook wedding when out of nowhere the family began squabbling over wedding arrangements...

 

Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: If you are in a family, have friends, and interact with other people, then you are inevitably going to deal with conflict. The question is never whether or not there will be conflict. The question is how are you going to deal with it. The difference between happy and unhappy relationships is not the absence of conflict. It is the presence of forgiveness. It truly is our deepest need and our most difficult and highest achievement.

 

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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Karin used art therapy to deal with her eating disorder. Now she makes spoon pendants and sees the beauty that can be created out of mistakes. She says that art is a microscopic way to look at her life and it is soothing and healing.

 

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by Lucie Rivard

“Heal the World” is a piece about all races of the world coming together in love and unity to heal the planet.  “An ancient Hopi prophecy, shared by many tribes, tells us of the beginning of the world, when the Creator created four races of four colours, each assigned a task that together would ensure a world where all the life was held in one sacred circle...

 

Editor’s Note: Ideas of healing art through illustrations, reiki and good energy - Lucie Rivard uses her artwork to heal the world through vivid and vibrant colors.

 

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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Art, and particularly photography because of its accessibility, can give us windows onto another person's world. This video is a particularly powerful example of the strong connection between the arts/art therapy and social justice. During the summer of 2013, LAMP Community, a homeless shelter in Los Angeles, hosted a photography class and gave its members a little something called, "hope.

 

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by Rebecca Lazenby

I’ve been working as a graphic recorder for five years. It was a big leap to go freelance after 21 years of corporate life but I haven’t regretted a moment.

Graphic recording is also known as graphic facilitation or scribing and lots of us call ourselves other things like live illustrator or visual practitioner...

 

Editor´s Note from Karen Adler: As an art therapist, I'm interested in the effectiveness of images as opposed to text as communication. I was intrigued by Rebecca Lazenby drawing at the side of the room at a recent local Council event I attended. During a break, I approached her to look more closely at the drawing. It was a visual representation, quirky and cartoon-like, that was taking shape as the event progressed, encapsulating the discussion thus far. The conversation that ensued between us focused on images as communication tools. Both the imagery that emerges from the unconscious of an art therapy client and the images which Rebecca draws at conferences/meetings encapsulate far more than their surface appearance, both are ways of making connections, of telling stories, that aren't as effectively done via words or text alone.

 

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by Jay Worling

I have been drawing and painting my whole life - well, as long as I have been able to hold a pencil. In fact, I’ve been drawing since before I could get the letters of the alphabet in the right order...

 

Editor´s Note from Karen Adler: Jay Worling attended a workshop I facilitated at the local Art Gallery on Art Therapy and Depression/Anxiety. She writes about her experience of Scribble Drawing and what they enabled he to see about herself.

 

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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Without language skills, Larry had a life of solitary confinement. Most people assumed that he was mentally retarded and had nothing to communicate. Then he discovered assisted typing with a computer. With facilitated communication, Larry has been able to show the world that he is the same as everybody else. Being able to communicate, has transformed his life. For Larry, painting is language — through his art, he communicates complex views on autism and society.

 

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by Cathryn McEwen

If I have a camera in my hand, I invariably get in very close to the subject. The personal space is invaded and there is a connection between myself and what I am investigating – with my camera lens, or my own eyes. “Up close and personal” is how I like to see the world - to look closer and deeper...

 

Editor's Note from Karen Adler: The recently opened gallery, Art Studios Cooperative, in Gosford NSW, renews my faith in art and in artists. It's the type of art that I, personally, admire - art that is of a high quality, technically masterful, art that has depth, where the translation from concept to actual artwork actually works. And yes, it's vastly different from the art that originates in an art therapy session or art that is done wholly and solely AS therapy. What it does have in common, is that capacity of art to to work with symbols to engage the unconscious and thereby to clarify, to make clear our thinking, our perspective, to go more deeply into ourselves and to return with the gifts of that journey.

 

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by Jean Pollack, PhD

Has life become just another thing to check off your to-do list? In my practice, many young people in their 20’s and 30’s have similar unconscious or conscious life goals that they want in a specified order — particular achievements to cross off “their list...”

 

Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: In this article, Jean Pollack helps you step back from your fast-paced, social media-driven life so that you can develop a rhythm that flows rather than resists your natural urge to rest or create. When you live a creative life, you are able to enjoy yourself, understand your purpose, know yourself and create so that you move toward more happiness.

 

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Editor´s Note from Karen Adler: Children at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital, St.Vincent, receive art therapy to help them deal with anxiety, an adverse diagnosis, pain and the possibility of a lifelong illness. Doing art helps them gain a sense of control, of comfort, of being able to play in sometimes traumatic circumstances. The art therapy program can also leave the parents with much-loved mementos created by their children.

 

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by Elizabeth Geron Countess

My platform, during my reign as Miss East Coast Teen America, is to help people of all ages build a positive self-image. Like any skill, developing a positive self-image takes time and sometimes a new way of thinking...


Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Elizabeth Geron Countess is Miss East Coast, a delegate for the Miss Teen America Pageant 2014. She appreciates the opportunity this experience is giving her to meet with children and adults to speak about the art of building a positive self-image. Building self-worth takes time and often a new way of thinking. Elizabeth is passionate about assisting people on that journey. She is a high school junior and plans to attend university to earn the degrees necessary to become a cognitive psychotherapist.

 

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The Alternate Selves of the Artist

Sonia Weiss Durga 1929-2008

Art can be used to heal a psyche or express parts of that psyche that have no other avenue of expression. Sonia Weiss Durga's art is a good example of this. She was a deep, complex person with many aspects to her being.

 

 

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